Monday, April 8, 2013

Rusty Watches The Little Herd of Deer...

                                    & Sharing a Few Shop Photos!

One of my very favorite things, are old brass lanterns, like this one above ~ which has been electrified and redone for those of us in this here century.  It casts a delightful little glow.  It's up for sale along with the old coffee tin can with a candle lite on top with dried shells and such, sharing the window sill.

I have two "inside looking out" photos for you all today.  My favorite old lace curtains tied back with raphia from the upstairs window of the shop.  We have 9 rooms, counting the upstairs area!  It has been so much pleasure having a shop of my own in this beautiful old farmhouse on Copley Circle in Ohio.

Yep, when  you look out you see the Historic Copley Gazabo, in all its glory.  When I first opened, I hand stenciled every room.

.....And the curtains to match.  (Pipberry garland is $18 ~ we use it over doors, also!)

More stencil sampling.... using two different patterns, with a Moses Eaton (circa 1840s) to the right side of the above photo.

We always welcome your visits!

And finally, here is Rusty, our front porch rescue kitty ~ who loves to sit on the back porch and watch all the wild life activity ... a herd of five deer love to occasionally hide in the pines and get a drink from the here, snow covered lake, in the back.  Did I tell you Rusty does tricks?  He sits up on his back legs & quietly lets you know he is a tad interested in a treat.  I appreciate his creativity.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Enjoy a beautiful work week ~
Kathie :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Making a Rosemary Topiary ~ And a Little Road Trip

There is something about Rosemary, that is so darn special.  I found out by accident that even the little plants like these bought in the grocery stores can produce the sweetest little blue delicate flowers if kept cool, moist, & Summered out on the porch.  And red skinned potatoes take on an air of tasty brilliance with a bit sprinkled on them for the oven with basil.

I've had my eye on Topiaries and would like to make these little two plants above into a starter topiary.  Pinterest lead me to a great looking site to get me on track & I am sharing it with you:  

Even the faux topiaries are coming into view as great window decorations.  Covering the base in burlap or old quilt compliments the bright green foliage.

 Here's another great love, and when I find them, I like to photograph 'em!  Especially well done and looking like it just stepped out of circa 1830 ~ this quaint little log home in Smithville, Ohio, is a favorite!  Look at the details!

Wide chinking and beautifully well done. Things were in small scale back then, even the lower door knob.

Love the wide hewn weathered boards and captured look of old!

The little peep hole in the privy out back is as interested as it is adorable! 

And the moss covered stone stepping, and the weathered vine wind blocking additions are sweet as sugar!
.....Just a little road trip into the past & back :)....
Adding a few of the artist's primitive dolls that are up for adoption at our Brother's Antique Mall Location, in Medina Ohio. ~

And we also carry resale designer purses at an interesting cost ~ here are just a few !

Peace & Happiness,

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Finally, Back to Blogging! ~

 It's been a long -- time Country Heart ~ Friends!

I haven't listed anything for sale on my dear little sweet blog in so long, I can't remember.  After setting up a picture trail  and two facebook pages  and presently relocating My Country Heart, our 9 room farmhouse shop, from our Copley Road, address, out to the new location: Brother's Antique Mall, in Medina, Ohio - whew - the work! (and fun!) - Ask the Chairman - thank you Mr. Givens!

  And by the way, join us on Facebook & right here on this little blog!

Thought I would take a breath and share a little photo shoot and birds eye view of the new location, which is open 7 days and sports an interesting to come, Christmas Open House and two absolutely wonderful Antique Flea Markets a year....the old fashioned kind that you love NOT to miss!  If you sampled just one of the Christmas Gatherings ~ you would never want to miss another! Not to mention the goodies brought in by all the dealers!

We are known at Brother's as HICKORY HOLLOW PRIMITIVES By Kathie ~ & My Country Heart,  you can find our two large spots in the back of the large building by the above sign over the window & the salmony colored backdrop. 

Now, I can finally have the "freed-up time to" hand-do designs and dolls with old textiles - one of my hearts' desires.....along with many other hand done stuff!  These old quilt pin keeps, are one of the new items in this old chunky basket that are up for your consideration ~ $6.50.  We can mail to your door.  This was filled, but still a great selection!

Annie, pin keep, in the Civil War blue bodice & old lace is quite a favorite with me, I love to make Annies!  She is up for sale $45 and the gray cupboard just sold today, whoops sorry ~ but old tins and such are available!
Two of these are available, hand punched Irvin's tin lighting ~ so primitive and quaint....along with the old picket fence in the background which is a huge flower box made from old wood facing.  Email me for more information on these
Neat, heavy old feedsack, made into fresh and fluffy pillows.  I always like to mention how great they look on the porch!  Always 100% new fiberfill - filled (with an Ohioan stuffing license for 2013!)

Lots of old photographs to take a short trip into the past.  Come in and browse!  We mail them too!

And last but not least, presenting... my beautiful Pink Hyacinth, which I bought for myself....that bloomed on Easter less!  You would not believe how my entire kitchen was misted with the scent of this most delightful plant!  This year,  I found it at the thrift store for only $4.99 & worth every penny.  It has three big bulbs, which I always wait until the stems dry out and plant the bulbs by the front door for next Spring ~ what a simply great living memory to enjoy, of all the Easter morning's of the past and the flowers we use to bring to grandma and mom's house!   

Peace and Blessings!